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About Otago Museum

Since 1868, the Otago Museum has been sharing its world-class collection of over 1.5 million objects, telling stories of nature, culture and science from Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Eight free galleries showcase the fascinating and the unique, the biggest and the best. See the most comprehensive collection of articulated moa skeletons in Southern Land, Southern People, explore the treasures of early Maori in Tangata Whenua, walk alongside a fin whale skeleton in Maritime and encounter an eight-member rat king in the Victorian-inspired Animal Attic.

Journey to the edge of the universe in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium and explore the beautiful nature of science in the world's first laser-activated digital gallery.

The Museum is also host to a busy schedule of fun, family-friendly programmes and events running throughout the year including hands-on workshops, makerspace activities, live performances, science shows, gallery trails and more.

Short on time but want to discover the heart of the collection? Touring the galleries with a Museum Guide is the best way to experience the rich offerings of the Otago Museum.

Please note - Otago Museum's popular Discovery World Tropical Forest is closed for the construction of the second stage of the development of its highly anticipated science centre.

Reopening in December this year, the Museum's latest attraction, supported by $500,000 in funding from the Otago Community Trust, will be home to 50 new science interactives and a refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly house. The centre will also encompass the world-first, digitally interactive Beautiful Science Gallery and Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, which were both completed in December 2015 during stage one of the project.

For more information and bookings visit www.otagomuseum.nz.

What makes us different?

Take a break during your Museum visit, and have a leisurely lunch or catch up over a coffee at the Museum Café. Don't forget to pop into the Museum Shop and explore our great range of gifts and souvenirs, as well as purchase tickets for Discovery World Tropical Forest and Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, before or after your visit!

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419 Great King Street North Dunedin Dunedin

Opening hours

Monday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Friday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
  • 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
  • 10:00 - 17:00

Products and services

Activities
  • Adventure Tours
  • Guided Trips
  • Walking
Amenities
  • Aquariums
  • Maps
Animals
  • Butterflies
Attractions
  • Art Galleries
  • Nature
  • World Heritage Sites
Birds
  • Penguins
Facilities
  • Cafes
Items
  • Jewellery
Kinds
  • Cultural
  • Educational
Markets Served
  • Education

Mailing address

PO BOX 6202 Dunedin 9059

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Otago Museum

Address

Physical
419 Great King Street North Dunedin Dunedin
Mailing

PO BOX 6202 Dunedin 9059

Contact numbers

Primary
03-474 7476

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